So, looking for a reservation for Tuesday July 19th. Time doesn't matter (i.e., happy to eat at 5:30 or 11:00 if need be).
Ambiance: I want to be able to sit and talk with my fiancee for a couple/few hours over very good food in a comfortable, not too loud atmosphere. Service and ambiance matter far less than food quality, unless either are a disaster.
Alcohol: Wine service matters not at all, though we will probably drink something. Quality cocktails, beer, or liquor would be appreciated.
Price: Not really a concern, but would like try and keep it under $500 total at the end of the night (happy to limit drinking to do so).
Why this is hard: I have ruled out the following places, either because we have been there recently or because they don't excite us:
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (too far)
The Modern (she nixed, I love)
Craft (we love, but go frequently)
Le Bernardin (we love, but a bit too formal for the occasion)
Ko (rather be at a table)
Coliccio & Sons
Brooklyn Fare (initially left off because it is in Brooklyn, now left off because we want to talk about things other than the food and enjoy a modicum of privacy)
So, I am considering: (1) Blue Hill (she loves it), (2) EMP, (3) WD-50, (4) Gotham, (5) Corton, (6) Bouley
Location doesn't matter.
This will be my second-to-last good meal in New York for quite some time and so I want the food to be special.
I assume that EMP will get the most love on this thread (assuming we can get a reservation, which looks like a challenge at this point), and it is our likely destination, but I would love to hear thoughts about places that I am not already considering.
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018